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The Catalyst

The Student News Site of Millard West High School

The Catalyst

The Student News Site of Millard West High School

The Catalyst

Garrett Wilcoxen

Garrett Wilcoxen, Staff Reporter

Garrett is a senior and this is his third year on the Millard West Journalism staff. He enjoys writing sports stories and covering events happening around the school. His favorite things to do outside of school are playing basketball, golfing and spending time with his friends and family.

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Millard West has had a great season thus far, and learned a lot better as a team. Although they have had a steady level of play, there are always things to improve. “One thing the team needs to work on is reading the game better and anticipating where the ball is going,” senior Johnson Lu said. “A lot of the time we’re too slow to react when we know a pass is coming.”

The battle

May 3, 2022
Millard West had a tough game the previous day. They were less concise and not as swift with their dodges. “We were able to talk before the game on the stuff that needed to be worked on from Saturdays play,” senior Nathan Kozisek said. “After that we were able to pick up pace and play much better.”

LAX travels to KC

March 10, 2022
Although the outcome wasn’t what the Wildcats hoped, they still fought all game and tried their hardest. They had some issues to work out, but the team mostly did all the right things. “The team did an excellent job looking for the weak guy,” sophomore Bryce Kriha said. “This would allow us to break out the puck, and cause a turnover. We also had great communication and stayed hyped up all game.”

Exhilarating ending

March 3, 2022
The first half of the game was slower paced for the Wildcats. Many of the players recognized this and immediately changed their game play. “At halftime we talked about trying to apply more pressure,” coach Marc Kruger said. “We tried to speed up the pace of the game and we needed to do a better job of rebounding the ball on both ends.”

West keeps winning

February 23, 2022
Throughout the game the Wildcats tried to keep a positive mind. Although they were down, many players tried to build up their teammates and create opportunities. “I was keeping them positive and tried to get the scoring going early for us,” junior Peyton Moore said. “We needed to work on how we were defending some of their good players.”

Wildcats battle Gretna

February 23, 2022
The Wildcats had a fast start to the game. They came out with confidence and ready to play. “Going into this game we were all ready to play,” junior Grace Kelley said. “Since this game had previously been postponed and rescheduled, we had a lot of time to prepare for this team. We felt confident in our scout and game plan.”

Wildcats fall short

February 3, 2022
The Wildcats had a rough start at the beginning of the game. Although they struggled early on, they were able to still battle it out for the win. “At the start of the game we definitely could have limited the amount of threes and open looks they got and made,” senior Cole Kirschner said. “We did a good job making free throws but thats about it. I personally think it was an ugly game for all of us but we still came out on top.”

West has a comeback

January 27, 2022
Millard West put in hard work throughout the whole game but after halftime they excelled. They were quick, motivated, and came out ready to play. “The third and fourth quarters we used our coaches motivation to help us take chances on defense and go to the rim with confidence to help put us ahead,” sophomore Max Froloff said. “The best thing we did well in the game was realizing the opportunity we were missing out on by not playing hard and fixing that in the second half.”

West on point

January 13, 2022

LAX to the max

December 17, 2021
Millard West got to take a midseason break with the Ram Relays. Although these races were not counted, the team still looks at things to improve. “This meet was much different than the others because it was more for fun,” senior Miguel Paredes Reyes said. “It was a time to let loose and bond more as a team early in the season. Even though it wasnt a big meet the guys still competed and put in the effort.”

A nice break

December 14, 2021
This is a survey I took that shows students are constantly off task in CCR. This shows 7% of students in the sample actually find it useful.

No more CCR

December 14, 2021
Both Varsity bowling teams had a tough fought day at Western Bowl. They both went home 1-1, and are ready to pick back up next week. “For our first duel we did really well, considering we bowled a couple tough teams,” coach Megan Smith said. “Through this, we were able to keep our spirits up, and I’m looking forward to a great season.”

Rolling to a win

December 9, 2021
Millard West pushed themselves all season to make it to the championship. Although they took a hit once they got there, the team is happy with their performance. “It was so cool to be only the second ever Millard West volleyball team to make it in the state finals, senior Eluria Ahl said. “We are so proud of everything we accomplished this season.”

A long fought battle

November 17, 2021

Cookies for a cause

November 3, 2021
On top of trying to run their best, the team tries to build each other up during the meets. Their main goal is to finish first, but they also have a goal to support their teammates. “The team chemistry we had with each other was unmatched to any of the other seasons,” Marshall said. “We always had each others backs and built each other up for each race no matter the circumstances. We worked with each other to better ourselves and improve during each practice and race.”

Wildcats take on State

October 27, 2021
The game was long fought and the pace was changed many times throughout. Although Millard West took a loss, they don’t look back and keep their heads up for next week. “I like to think our team takes on the personality of our head coach, assistant coach William Sadowski said. “I dont think we ever feel out of a game. We dont hang our heads, and we keep grinding away.”

Wildcats come up short

September 30, 2021
Millard West fought hard to keep their lead throughout the match. Although this got more tough as the game went on, they still managed to smoke Omaha Northwest in the third set. “Into the last set of the game my mentality was just not to make any mistakes and play as a team,” sophomore Lauren Jones said. “I think that our biggest challenge moving forward will be playing more of the highly competitive teams. We haven’t had too much competition starting this season off, but I know once we start playing competitive teams we will have to dial in and play our game and not make silly mistakes.”

Wildcats are victorious

September 10, 2021
“As a coach you are doing the best to prepare your team but specific schemes you may be wrong on,” coach William Sadowksi said. “We typically break down our opponents last few games, but as the season starts we are guessing what we are expecting to see.”

Wildcats battle the Storm

September 2, 2021
High school baseball could be a whole new experience for players and teams without the mercy rule. It would allow schools to attain more records, and give teams down by a big deficit the chance to make a comeback.

No mercy

April 15, 2021
Early in the game, the Spartans took the lead and gave the Wildcats a complication. This made Millard West adjust their gameplay to stop Lincoln East’s shots. “Their best player started out scoring the first seven points,” coach William Morrison said. “Most games start off close in the first quarter, so we weren’t worried. We made an adjustment to how we guarded him, and it seemed to work.”

The streak continues

February 5, 2021
The Wildcats have had a difficult season so far but have grown as a team overall and believe they will finish out strong. They hope to gain more experience through their games and work to improve themselves throughout the remainder of the season. “We expect some wins in future games, but it is more important for us to develop as a team,” Kriha said. “If we communicate better and give 110 percent every time we step on the ice, we will start to see improvement.”

The Wildcats take a hit

December 17, 2020
The Cornhuskers have been preparing since last weeks game against Illinois and have changed their lineup to adjust to Iowa’s difference makers. Frost was looking forward to the game against Iowa, and even though they didn’t have the outcome they wanted, he believes they can improve. “The team had a solid chance of winning this weeks game against Iowa but we made some mistakes,” Frost said in a postgame interview. “It was great to see us come out fast this week, and although we lost, our defense played their hearts out and gave it their all.”

The rivalry continues

December 1, 2020
Glover Teixiera and Thiago Santos stare each other down after the weigh in. They both had confidence that they would take it all on fight night.”I keep an open mind and love to keep learning from every new fighter I take on,” Teixiera said. “I wouldn’t be here without my coaches and everyone who has got me to this point, along with the work we put in.”

Fight Night Las Vegas

November 11, 2020
The varsity boys attempt to run as a pack so they can motivate each other throughout the race. They did this successfully in the beginning, but near the end they split up more. “Our team got many personal records, and for those who didn’t get one, they got really close to doing so,” Marshall said. “I tried to stay with the same people the whole time, and even though I split up a bit in the middle, I mainly finished with who I started.”

Wildcats race for state

November 5, 2020

Cupcake cart

October 2, 2020
Millard West stayed close with the Patriots up until halftime. Meyersick had the catch that gave the Wildcats motivation to play their best throughout the rest of the game. “It was an eye opening game and we have identified things we can improve on,” Meyersick said. “The defense did well with the return of some of our injured players, and the offense got some more juices flowing.”

South takes Q Street

September 24, 2020
During the pandemic, students are being restricted from attending different sports events. The administration is allowing limited people into some of the games, and other sports will have no attendees.

Sports distancing

September 4, 2020
Junior Joseph Ebmeier opens the synergy app in his advanced Journalism class. He is looking to access his academic records to see his GPA. Synergy is a great app but quite the change from infinite campus. I like a lot of the new features and apps it has, and how its set up.

Synergy has taken over

August 31, 2020
Sarah Carron is writing down vocab words for Spanish class. She does her work to the best of her ability in all classes and strives to get good grades. “ We were copying down vocab words onto a note sheet to help us get used to using them,” Carron said. “Then we used the new vocab to help us fill out a crossword puzzle.

A long lasting honor

October 3, 2019
Tristan Gomes takes a huge swing furthering West to State. This game was against Creighton Prep and at Haymarket park in Lincoln. “I remember we were really excited to beat prep and go to the state championship,” Gomes said. “It had been what we were working for our whole season, and to achieve that felt amazing.”

Remember the Titans

September 25, 2019

Wing Stop Review

September 6, 2019
This is a picture of elementary schoolers planting a garden with the help of Hailey Reavis. They started planting in a field near the Henry Doorly Zoo. “We took an empty field and turned it into a garden and  home for insects,” Reavis said. “While doing that we also taught some younger kids about the importance of the environment and planting seeds.”

A trip to the zoo

September 4, 2019

Flying High

August 26, 2019
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